里加 CS Host

 Riga CS Host 

上圖是Agnese抱着愛犬Suarez。

那是在拉脫維亞首都里加畫的,里加的CS Host是一個三人家庭,有媽媽Agnese、爸爸Uldis、女兒Angelika與松鼠狗Suarez。

 

Agnese曾在烹飪學校上課三年,畢業後在廚房工作,她說:「廚房工作太粗重,一個人要淥整鍋薯仔,連水15公斤要自己一個人抬,我弄傷了腰,廚房做了三年就辭工,現職診所文職。」

但Agnese仍熱衷烹飪,我在里加日日有住家飯食,好滿足,Agnese的酒漬果子好特別,細細粒酒紅色的紅莓子酸酸甜甜,很有自家風味;黃咖喱雞加了芝士,味道濃郁,正呀!

 

Uldis在工廠上班,負責操作重型機械,需通宵輪班,可惜我們傾偈時間不多。

Angelika芳齡15,青春少艾心事多,與我這個外人較少交流。

可愛松鼠狗Suarez成日蹦蹦跳,伸脷+直立+握手+翻滾,樣樣都識,活力四射,是Agnese的心頭肉,Suarez半夜不亂吠、不亂跑,不似斯德哥爾摩的衰貓成晚嘈住我瞓,在里加睡在客廳的我有覺好瞓,扺錫❤

 

我參考了康泰的里加行程,一日遊里加古城,一日參觀隆黛爾宮,一日跟着Agnese入山採菇!

遊客必到景點當然很美,但與當地host一起的活動,印象永遠最深刻,相比其餘兩日的旅遊景點,入山採菇更好玩!

 

在香港行山時,也常遇野菇,但我不懂分辨食用菇與毒菇,今次有機會在歐洲森林採野菇,還有專人帶路,好開心呀!

Agnese與Uldis每逢周日入山,有菇就採摘,無菇就健行,由家至森林,大概20分鐘車程就到了。

 

森林真的好漂亮,一整片綠杉直指藍天,樹距很闊,一覽無遺,連綿不斷;地面舖滿厚苔,厚苔顏色繁多,白青綠紅黃,斑彩曼麗;厚苔下才是泥土,踏步鬆鬆軟軟;我們入林時剛好下雨,雨停陽光照,空氣好清新,身在森林已感靈氣盈滿全身,在林中採菇,再烹煮果腹,更是自然恩惠。

 

Agnese與Uldis自少與祖輩入山採菇,早能辨菇,毒菇通常大如人手,色澤鮮豔誘人,菌蓋鮮橙透黃,菌柄色如白玉,驟看令人垂涎欲滴,不過毒性剛猛,一食即死;我們要採的食用菇則小如半掌,色澤棕灰平實,只採圓頂菌蓋,因為長條菌柄已被蟲蠶食,大如手掌的菇反而不採,因為已長老,菌肉已全被蟲蠶食。

 

我們慢走採菇,行至森林盡頭,竟是一個沙灘!綠林緊接藍海白雲,驟變景色令我吃驚了,當天海風強勁,我們停留一會就回程了。

當日還有好幾位大嬸大叔入林採菇,看來拉脫維亞人還保留與自然的連繫,好好呀!

 

那天我們採了兩大袋野菇,回家後揀菇、洗菇、煮菇、入樽,做了六瓶漬菇,留冬備用,不過Agnese說一家人一日可以食完一瓶,今天採的菇冬天前多數吃光;有時野菇豐收,能做100瓶漬菇,野菇收穫多寡,真的是看天呢。

我嚐過Agnese家的漬菇,我覺得口味太重,最好食的反而是最簡單的沸水燙菇,對我來說「無味是至味」啦 :)

 

 

旅遊景點之一的古城區在里加市中心,當天剛好是中秋節,古城區有不少露天攤位,販賣農產品、雪糕、熟食、麵麭、針織品等,還有現場歌舞表演,氣氛熱鬧。

 

也去了旅遊景點隆黛爾宮,是一所小巧可愛的宮殿仔,精緻優雅;宮殿庭園也開放,庭園的花草打理得漂亮乾淨。

回港後翻查資料,才知隆黛爾宮能預約「穿越時光」,預約者可以試穿古典宮廷禮服,在宮殿舉行婚禮,甚至開一個古典宮廷派對,可惜無時間試玩,這個遺憾就當是下次再遊里加的藉口啦!0V0

 

Ceremonija(中譯:儀式)古典禮服團體網站:http://ceremonija.lv/en/home/

 

隆黛爾宮官網:http://rundale.net/en/

甚麼是Couchsurfing? 

 

It is Agnese holding her beloved dog Suarez.

I drew this picture in Riga, capital of Latvia. My CS Host in Riga is a family of 3, mum Agnese, dad Uldis, daughter Angelika and pomeranian Suarez.

 

Agnese had studied in cookery school for 3 years and worked in kitchen after her graduation.

She said, ‘Working in kitchen is hard. I have to cook a pot of potatoes and lift up all by myself. It weighs 15 kg with water and potatoes! I hurt my waist and quit the job after 3 years working in kitchen. I work in a clinic as paperwork assistant now.’

Agnese still loves cooking. I always have home-made meals in Riga and I am so happy. I love Agnese’s special fruit wine stains. They are small with winey reddish and a sweet & sour taste, yummy! And the home-made yellow curry with chicken AND CHEESE, absolutely delicious.

 

Uldis works in factory. He handles heavy machine and works day/night shift. It’s a pity that we don’t have much time to talk.

Angelika is a 15-years-old teenage girl. Youth always is a sentimental period. We didn’t talk much.

The lovely pomeranian Suarez is always energetic. It can tongue out+stand+shake hand+roll+jump and Agnese loves it so much. I love it too. Suarez never disturb me at night like those cats in Stockholm so I have a good sleep in Riga❤

 

I study the travel schedule of Riga from Hong Thai travel service and I have one day for Riga old town, one day for Rundale Palace and one day picking mushroom with Agnese!

The tourist attractions are certainly beautiful but going outing with local host always impressed me most. Picking mushroom in the woods is my favorite activity in Riga compare to all the tourist spots!

 

I have seen mushrooms when I was hiking in Hong Kong but I can’t distinguish poison/eatable mushroom. I am so happy that I have an opportunity to pick mushrooms in European woods and with professional guides!

Agnese and Uldis would have a walk in the woods every Sunday. They would jog if there are no mushrooms. It takes around 20 minutes by car from home to the woods.

 

The woods is absolutely beautiful. Green fir point straight to the blue sky. Thick moss on ground with different colors like white, green, red and yellow. There is mud under the thick moss and it’s a soft lose sense when I step on it. It was raining when we enter the woods. Sun comes out when rain stops and the air is so fresh. Spirits fills the bodies inside the woods. Mushrooms are the souvenirs from the nature.

 

Agnese and Uldis knew how to distinguish poison/eatable mushroom because they went into woods with grand-parents when they were kids. Poison mushrooms are big as a hand with bright attractive color like orange and yellow. Poison mushrooms looks SO DELICIOUS!

The eatable mushrooms we are looking for are small as a half size hand and in grey-brownish color. We just pick the ‘umbrella’ part and leave the stipe because it is mostly eaten by worms already. We don’t pick mushrooms as big as a hand because they are too mature and mostly eaten by worms.

 

We walks slow to pick mushrooms. It is a beach in the edge of the woods. I am surprise by a total different view from green woods to blue sea and white cloud. We just stop for a while on the beach because the sea wind are very strong.

There are a couple of middle age men and women in the woods picking mushrooms that day. Latvians are still keeping the connection with the nature, that so gooooooooooooooooooood!

 

We pick 2 bags of wild mushrooms that day. We sort, wash, cook and pack the mushrooms at home and made 6 bottles of stained mushrooms for winter. Agnese said they can finish one bottle of stained mushrooms for one day so the mushrooms we picked today probably would be eaten before this winter. Sometimes they can make up to 100 bottles of stained mushrooms if there is a good harvest. It all depends on the nature in term of wild mushrooms picking.

I have tasted the stained mushrooms which Agnese made but they are too salty for me. I found the most simple ‘mushrooms in boiling water’ is the best. For me, tasteless is the best taste :)

 

Old Town is in Riga downtown and it’s one of the tourist’s attractions. It was mid-autumn day and there are open-air market selling farm products, ice cream, hot food, bread, knitwear…etc with live performance.

 

Rundale Palace is a tourist attraction and I visited there. That is a lovely little palace. The royal garden is opened for visitors and it is beautifully managed.

I look thought the info of Rundale Palace when I back in Hong Kong and surprisingly find out that there is a ‘travel back into time’ service in Rundale Palace. People who have an appointment can dress up as classic palace ladies/gentlemen or holding a wedding or throwing a palace ball in Rundale Palace. It’s a pity that I don’t have enough time to make an appointment and it definitely will be my excuse to visit Riga again next time 0V0

 

Ceremonija(translate: ceremony)Classical clothing rental service:http://ceremonija.lv/en/home/

 

Rundale Palace official website:http://rundale.net/en/

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Agnese與愛犬Suarez與畫~ Agnese, Suarez and the drawing~

Agnese and Uldis~
Agnese and Uldis~
Agnese and Angelika~
Agnese and Angelika~

Agnese與愛犬Suarez真係好感情Agnese and Suarez have a good relationship

Agnese and Suarez the lovely dog
Agnese and Suarez the lovely dog
Agnese and Suarez the lovely dog
Agnese and Suarez the lovely dog
Agnese
Agnese

Agnese與愛犬Suarez在廚房Agnese and Suarez in the kitchen

打呵欠~sleepy Suarez
打呵欠~sleepy Suarez
我在里加的窩My home in Riga
我在里加的窩My home in Riga
打呵欠~sleepy Suarez
打呵欠~sleepy Suarez
我在里加的窩My home in Riga
我在里加的窩My home in Riga

姆明床單呀!恨死宏美…The moomin bed sheet! Hiromi envies me now…

Agnese睇機Agnese in dark
Agnese睇機Agnese in dark
夜晚Night
夜晚Night
白天Day
白天Day

Agnese帶我去採磨菇! Agnese took me to mushroom picking!

天氣好好A fine weather!
天氣好好A fine weather!

地上淡綠植披密佈A light green plant layer on ground

林間光影躍動Dancing light on greens
林間光影躍動Dancing light on greens
採菇去Mushroom picking
採菇去Mushroom picking
一齊採菇去Agnese, Uldis and Suarez go mus
一齊採菇去Agnese, Uldis and Suarez go mus
直立狗The standing dog1
直立狗The standing dog1
直立狗The standing dog2
直立狗The standing dog2
伸脷狗Dog with tongue out
伸脷狗Dog with tongue out
(應該)不能吃的菇Mushroom can’t be eaten
(應該)不能吃的菇Mushroom can’t be eaten
(據稱是)毒菇(it should be)poison mushroom
(據稱是)毒菇(it should be)poison mushroom
藍天與綠杉Blue and Green fir
藍天與綠杉Blue and Green fir
灰中橙Orange in grey
灰中橙Orange in grey
好似麵麭Like a bread
好似麵麭Like a bread
點點菇Dot dot mushroom
點點菇Dot dot mushroom
點點菇Dot dot mushroom
點點菇Dot dot mushroom
Uldis is collecting mushroom
Uldis is collecting mushroom

要用小刀割菇A little knife is used to cut the mushroom

漂亮植披Beautiful grass
漂亮植披Beautiful grass
Uldis is collecting mushroom
Uldis is collecting mushroom

乾菇好有層次Layers of light in a dried mushroom

林間光影躍動Dancing light on greens
林間光影躍動Dancing light on greens

採菇樹林的盡頭是海!It is a beach in the edge of the mushroom-picking forest!

沙漠草Plant on desert
沙漠草Plant on desert
磅礡	spectacular
磅礡 spectacular
等緊訊號Waiting…
等緊訊號Waiting…
跑!and go!
跑!and go!
舉高高~holding high~
舉高高~holding high~
天倫樂Happy together
天倫樂Happy together
採菇大豐收!Good harvest on mushroom!
採菇大豐收!Good harvest on mushroom!
回家煮菇Cook the mushrooms at home
回家煮菇Cook the mushrooms at home
入樽and pack the mushrooms
入樽and pack the mushrooms
去了里加市中心的教堂A church in Riga downtown
去了里加市中心的教堂A church in Riga downtown
教堂的玻璃彩繪好靚呀~Beautiful Glass mosaic~
教堂的玻璃彩繪好靚呀~Beautiful Glass mosaic~
教堂的玻璃彩繪好靚呀~Beautiful Glass mosaic~
教堂的玻璃彩繪好靚呀~Beautiful Glass mosaic~
四隻動物叠在一齊…4 animals together…
四隻動物叠在一齊…4 animals together…
好現代的教堂What a modern church
好現代的教堂What a modern church
建築物好有趣An interesting building
建築物好有趣An interesting building
教堂門好靚A beautiful church door
教堂門好靚A beautiful church door
里加全市Riga from the top
里加全市Riga from the top
鍾樓維修中The big clock is repairing
鍾樓維修中The big clock is repairing
鍾樓維修中The big clock is repairing
鍾樓維修中The big clock is repairing
里加廣場Square in Riga
里加廣場Square in Riga
長長斜斜的屋頂加建窗房Room with window on roof
長長斜斜的屋頂加建窗房Room with window on roof
長長斜斜的屋頂加建窗房Room with window on roof
長長斜斜的屋頂加建窗房Room with window on roof
長長斜斜的屋頂加建窗房Room with window on roof
長長斜斜的屋頂加建窗房Room with window on roof
教堂的漂亮天花Beautiful ceiling in a church
教堂的漂亮天花Beautiful ceiling in a church
古典簡約風的教堂A classical simple church
古典簡約風的教堂A classical simple church
教堂的玻璃彩繪好靚呀~Beautiful Glass mosaic~
教堂的玻璃彩繪好靚呀~Beautiful Glass mosaic~

白天花配棕花紋,好搶眼Brown flowery pattern on a white ceiling, eye-catching

白天花配棕花紋,好搶眼Brown flowery pattern on a white ceiling, eye-catching

里加旅遊區Riga downtown
里加旅遊區Riga downtown
有趣雕像An interesting statue
有趣雕像An interesting statue
廣場A square
廣場A square
好靚的鐵花Beautiful!
好靚的鐵花Beautiful!
靚鐘Beautiful clock
靚鐘Beautiful clock
雕像statues
雕像statues

旅遊書介紹了的「三姐妹」 ‘3 sisters’ on tourist guide

好天氣~Fine weather~
好天氣~Fine weather~
圓塔Circular tower
圓塔Circular tower
里加市Riga
里加市Riga